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Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President Paperback – 14 Feb 2002
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This title provides the truth about George W. Bush: how he dodged the draft, was a mediocre student at Yale, lost a lot of other people's money in boom times in the Texas oil market, and was investigated by the SEC for insider trading. It is a life of special favours, cut corners and blurry values.
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I really don't want to spoil the most exciting revalations made within this book, as I feel other readers will be as outraged at them as I was. Lets just say having daddy's name was a very convient way for George to avoid his insider trading being investigated, make millions, avoid Vietnam and also escape from the most damaging allegation ever made about a President.
Two of his contacts told James Hatfield to "look over his shoulder" as he was finishing this book. In July 2001 he was discovered dead in a hotel room - he had apparently committed suicide due to depression. This was after he told his family "If anything happenes to me, I'm not depressed". What price did James pay for telling the truth about the world's most fortunate son?
The book is well-researched and contains results from a variety of sources from the American political community. It evaluates the impact the Bush dynasty has had on American politics and perhaps raises some interesting question regarding their conduct in that role.
My one criticism is that the author leaves comments on the aftermath of the Bush election to someone else and that focuses more on the emotion relating to the election rather than the controversy associated with it. However that critisism aside it was certainly a worthwhile read and makes you want to read other texts about this man and his Presidency
And yet this man lost the Presidential election. Lost in the popular vote, lost in Florida.
Reading this book will tell you how he got away with it. After all, he's spent his entire life getting away with it. From his insider dealing, bankrupt businesses and forged qualifications to his draft-dodging, drug use and alcoholism. Its all here and all true. Bush makes Nixon look honest, Clinton moral, and Enron fiscally responsible. Every American should read this book to find out what their 'President' is really like. Mind you, he'll probably steal the next election anyway.
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